At Nomberg Law Firm, our experienced personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping victims of these accidents get the justice and support they deserve.
Our law firm is run by two dedicated attorney brothers who have been working together for over 18 years. With a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to advocating for the rights of personal injury victims and Alabama injured workers, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of legal representation to our clients.
We have a long history of success in helping victims of slip, trip and fall accidents get the compensation they deserve.
Our attorneys are committed to providing personalized and compassionate legal representation to every client we serve.
Common causes of slip, trip and fall accidents
Slip, trip and fall accidents are common and can result in a range of injuries, from minor sprains and bruises to serious and life-threatening conditions.
These accidents can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Wet or slippery surfaces
- Uneven surfaces
- Cluttered walkways
- Inadequate lighting
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slip-and-fall accidents are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims and the second leading cause of accidental death for people between the ages of 65 and 84 in the U.S.
Common injuries from slip-and-fall accidents
Serious slip-and-fall injuries can lead to time off work, medical bills and other expenses that can add up to thousands of dollars.
Here are a few examples:
- A maintenance worker was working on an elevator when he slipped and fell down the shaft. He suffered serious injuries to his spine and had to miss 2 weeks of work.
- An office worker slipped on a wet spot after another employee failed to post a wet floor sign after cleaning the floors. She suffered back, knee and wrist injuries as a result of the fall.
- A warehouse worker fell off a ladder while trying to stock merchandise on a high shelf. This accident resulted in severe spinal cord damage that required immediate surgery after he was admitted to the hospital.
- A Walmart customer was shopping when they slipped and fell on a wet floor, sustaining a serious concussion. Due to their injuries, they had to take time off work to recover.
Other types of serious injuries from slip-and-fall accidents include:
- Broken bones (fractures)
- Head injuries (concussions and traumatic brain injuries)
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Back injury or spinal cord damage
- Internal organ damage
Legal options for victims of slip, trip and fall accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip, trip or fall accident due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
“Slip and fall” is a term used to describe a type of claim against a property owner for negligently maintaining the premises of his property. The courts in Alabama have laid out the general law for slip-and-fall cases in stating, “[t]he storekeeper is not an insurer of the safety of his customers, but rather is liable only if he negligently fails to exercise reasonable care to maintain the premises of the store in a reasonably safe condition.” Strahsburg v. Winn-Dixie Montgomery, Inc., 601 So.2d 916, 917-18 (Ala. 1992) (citing Cox v. Western Supermarkets, Inc., 557 So.2d 831, 832 (Ala.1989)).
A slip-and-fall accident could occur when a person travels over an area on an owner’s property where there is a wet floor, poor lighting, torn carpeting or cracked flooring. If the person sustains an injury while slipping or falling over this kind of hazard, they must prove that the property owner was negligent in the upkeep of the property to be able to collect on the claim.
The main thing to take away from this article is that a property owner will only be liable to the person who is harmed on their property if the owner is partly at fault for the injury. If the owner is in no way at fault for the injury, then they will not be liable. However, an owner will almost certainly be liable for any injury sustained on their land if they created a hazardous situation on their property by negligently maintaining it.
This article is meant to be an overview of slip-and-fall cases and premises liability law. If you have a more specific question, please contact the attorneys at the Nomberg Law Firm.
Verdicts & settlements
Our track record of winning compensation for slip and fall cases
Types of compensation available in a personal injury lawsuit
In Alabama, victims of a slip-and-fall accident may be entitled to compensation for the following:
Economic damages are intended to compensate injury victims for monetary losses related to their accident, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
Noneconomic damages are intended to compensate injury victims for nonmonetary losses, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
Punitive damages are only awarded in cases where the defendant’s actions were particularly negligent or intentional. They’re intended to punish the defendant and deter future similar behavior.
In many slip, trip and fall cases, the legal concept of premises liability applies. This means that the owner or occupier of a property has a legal responsibility to maintain their property in a safe condition for visitors and to warn of any hazards.
The personal injury claims process
Pursuing a personal injury claim can be a complex and time-consuming process, but our attorneys are here to guide you through every step.
We will work with you to gather evidence and build a strong case for compensation, including medical records, witness statements and expert testimony.
We will also negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to try to reach a fair settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, we will represent you in court and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you understand your legal options and determine the best course of action for your case.
Additional resources for victims of slip, trip and fall accidents
In addition to legal representation, our attorneys can help you access a range of resources to support your recovery and quality of life.
These resources may include financial assistance programs, rehabilitation and therapy services, and support groups for individuals who have been injured in slip, trip and fall accidents.
We are committed to helping our clients get the support they need to live as fully and independently as possible.
You have nothing to lose when working with us
You’ll get valuable advice with no investment required.
If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
We can help with your claim.
Many workers’ comp insurance companies will deny your claims. We can help you when your case gets complicated.
You’ll get better financial compensation.
As experienced workers’ compensation attorneys, we know how much your case is worth, and we won’t let you be tricked into accepting less than you deserve. Injury victims who work with an attorney consistently get more money than those who try to go it alone.
We can help minimize hidden costs from Social Security.
We can help fight employers’ retaliation.
If you’re injured at work, you have a legal right to compensation. Sadly, some employers try to fire workers or otherwise retaliate if their employees file a workers’ comp claim. By working with an experienced attorney, you can be sure your employer won’t get away with illegally trying to terminate or intimidate you for filing a claim.
Contact the Nomberg Law Firm for help with your slip-and-fall claim
At the Nomberg Law Firm, we understand the challenges that victims of slip, trip and fall accidents face and are dedicated to helping our clients get the compensation and support they need to move forward with their lives.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip, trip or fall accident in Birmingham, we encourage you to contact our office to learn more about your legal options.
Our attorneys are here to help you navigate the complex legal process and fight for the compensation you deserve.